The Last Qeswachaca Bridge + 4 Lagoons (All Day)

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  • Private Tour 2-20 people. Price per person: $150
    Available languages: Spanish, English and Portuguese
    Start Time: 05:00Available: 20 seats

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Departure & Return Location

Hotel - Plaza San Francisco

Duration

05:00 am - 17:00 pm
Tour Details

During the time of the Incas, the Quechua people built suspension bridges using vegetable fibers to cross the rugged geography of the Andes mountain range and connect different communities. Q’eswachaka is the only Inca bridge that is still “alive” today, as it is renewed every year for preservation.

Located three and a half hours away from the city of Cusco, in the district of Quehue and at an altitude of 3,700 meters, the Q’eswachaka bridge stretches over the Apurimac River, measuring 29 meters in length and 1.20 meters in width. Every year, during the second week of June, the communities of Chaupibanda, Choccayhua, Huinchiri, and Ccollana Quehue come together for its renewal.

The process begins days in advance when the residents search for q’oya, a durable vegetable fiber used in bridge construction. Once collected, it is left to dry for a day before being beaten with stones and soaked to harden. After this process, the q’iswa is created, which is the joining of several q’oyas to form a rope. All family members participate in this elaboration. With the q’iswas prepared, everything is ready for the bridge renovation, a three-day process that involves various rituals and offerings to Pachamama (Mother Earth) and the Apus (mountains).

THE LAST QESWACHACA BRIDGE + 4 LAGOONS

Queshuachaca (in Quechua, Q’ichwachaka) is a rope bridge constructed with vegetable fiber (ichu) found in the district of Quehue, province of Canas, in the department of Cuzco, at an altitude of 3,700 meters above sea level, spanning the Apurimac River. The existence of this bridge dates back to the Inca era, and its maintenance and renovation are carried out through a ritual performed by the communities of Huinchiri, Chaupibanda, Ccollana Quehue, and Choccayhua.

The bridge is 28 meters long and 1.20 meters wide, and its structure is primarily made of long braided strips of ichu.

Price Includes

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Tourist transport
  • Breakfast and Lunch
  • Professional English and Spanish speaking guide
  • First aid kit
  • Entrance fees

Recommended to Carry

  • Personal medication or portable equipments for altitude sickness
  • Clothing (warm jacket, winter rain pants, hiking boots, poncho, winter hat, gloves, moon hat with ears)
  • A minimum of 2 liters of water per person
  • Snacks, chocolate, fruit, coca leaves, etc.
  • Toiletries
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Extra money
Itinerary

The Last Qeswachaca Bridge + 4 Lagoons (All Day)

DEPARTURE:

  • Tour Start: 5:00 AM
  • Tour End: 5:00 PM

We will start our adventure by picking you up from your hotel at 5:00 am. After approximately 3 hours, we will arrive at the community of Combapata, where we will stop to use the restrooms and enjoy breakfast. Then, we will head to the Combapata viewpoint, where we can appreciate a panoramic view of the confluence of two rivers called Vilcanota and Sallca. Continuing on, we will visit the Pabellones volcano in the district of Yanaoca, and after another hour, we will arrive at the district of Q’ewe, where the famous Inca bridge of “Q’eswachaka” is located. This bridge is built using plant fibers and has a length of 28.67 meters. It is surprising that it is reconstructed once a year in June by four local communities. Here, we will have time to explore Q’eswachaka and the surrounding area, while your guide narrates the history of this Inca engineering masterpiece. After visiting the bridge, we will head to Combapata, the chosen place to enjoy lunch.

After lunch, we will take a 15 to 20-minute digestive walk, where we will appreciate the Pampamarca, Asnacqocha, Acopía, and Pomacanchi Lakes, taking advantage of the opportunity to observe a large amount of regional flora and fauna, experiencing a rich Andean culture. Returning to Cusco, we will make an optional stop at the Portal of Rumipunku.

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